Shu­rugwi’s Nichrut Lodge an­nounces ex­pan­sion plans

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Relationships/health/news - Al­lan Foti in Shu­rugwi

THE 24-room Nichrut Lodge in Shu­rugwi has an­nounced plans to ex­pand and in­crease its ca­pac­ity to 50 rooms over the next year and also in­crease staffing from the present 20 to 30.

The lodge is owned by lo­cal miner and busi­ness­man, Ni­cholas Gara and his wife Ruth. Nichrut Lodge of­fi­cially opened its doors in De­cem­ber 2012.

Gara re­vealed that he planned to ex­pand op­er­a­tions from the present 24 rooms to 50 in a grad­ual ex­er­cise that will take a year to com­plete. He said the lodge had at­tracted a fair amount of business since its open­ing which has led him and his man­age­ment team to de­cide on ex­pand­ing its ca­pac­ity.

“We be­gan op­er­at­ing in 2012 and since then, business has gen­er­ally been good for us. We have had more than de­cent oc­cu­pancy and that is why we have de­cided to ex­pand our ca­pac­ity from 24 rooms to 50,” Gara said.

“We plan to ex­pand our lodge grad­u­ally over a pe­riod of one year,” he added.

The lodge cur­rently of­fers full DStv and Wi-Fi in all its 24 rooms as well as a con­fer­ence room with the ca­pac­ity to carry 100 peo­ple. The lodge has 18 stan­dard rooms and six ex­ec­u­tive rooms with all rooms equipped with a jacuzzi and shower stall.

Gara also re­vealed plans to es­tab­lish an an­i­mal theme park at his lodge. He said he has al­ready ac­quired lions, ze­bras and warthogs for the theme park. The park will be built on land be­hind the lodge and is aimed at cre­at­ing tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties for Shu­rugwi.

“We want to en­hance our guests’ ex­pe­ri­ence when they stay with us. And to achieve this goal, we are go­ing to es­tab­lish an an­i­mal theme park be­hind the lodge. We have al­ready bought two lions, two ze­bras and a few warthogs for the theme park,” Gara said.

He said the an­i­mals would be moved to the theme park as soon as con­struc­tion of the theme park is com­plete. Gara also re­vealed plans to en­cour­age foot­ball clubs and other sports teams to use the lodge when trav­el­ling for matches or pre-sea­son train­ing camps. He said the lodge was pre­pared to cre­ate a con­ducive at­mos­phere for such teams to stay at the lodge.

“We want to pro­mote sports tourism in Shu­rugwi by ag­gres­sively en­gag­ing foot­ball clubs and sports as­so­ci­a­tions to stay with us.”

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Ni­cholas Gara’s croc­o­dile farm breed­ing pond. In­set: Mr Gara

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